Oakland First Fridays Presents: Fantastic Negrito
We are thrilled and honored to announce that Fantastic Negrito will be performing to celebrate the launch of their upcoming album, The Last Days of Oakland, at our June First Friday street festival. Fantastic Negrito will be playing a full set at 8 PM on the corner of 23rd and Telegraph. The Fantastic Negroito stage will be emceed by the fantastic Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment! Prior to the performance, the evening will feature Oakland's Zakiya Harris, interactive art by 1AM SF OAKLAND and spoken word by Nomadic Pressomadic Press (featuring the Oakland Youth Poet Laureates), and more! Much of the art and performances will be themed around the title of Fantasic Negrito's album: THE LAST DAYS OF OAKLAND. It means something to be from Oakland. The tiny city that birthed the Hells Angels, the first sports team in black, and America's oldest street dance has always been ground zero for counter culture. It has always been diverse. But Oakland is changing. As its neighbors, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, spill over with money, the economy in Oakland is soaring. Young entrepreneurs and aspiring artists are attracted by the city's perceived "renaissance." Now Oakland is ground zero for the national discussion on gentrification. Fantastic Negrito is an artist who bridges Oakland's future with its legendary past. He is a wounded veteran of the city once claimed by Black Panthers and hustlers. He is a vital voice in what the New York Times called "the hottest city in America." His album, The Last Days of Oakland, is about the fallout and rebirth that comes in the wake of a seismic shift. It is intensely relevant -- the way his city has always been. Come out to join the conversation about the changing landscape of our beautiful city. It's going to take all of us to perserve our city's diverse personality, culture, and richness. Let's do this. Together.